I have my Dell Inspiron 1501 set up for dual boot to Windows Vista and Debian Linux. Everything is OK except one wireless connection to Linux. The Windows connection works. With Linux it usually works but there is a problem connecting to one network.
I use the wireless connection at home and at school. All networks are unsecured. At school I connect to 2 wireless networks without a problem. At home I need to connect to the "Travel Inn" network. I can connect with Windows but not with Linux. Linux detects the network but cannot find the IP address. When I manually configure it can connect to the network but hangs when it looks up the name.
Why can Linux not connect to this one network?
Is there a way to fix it? The source code for Linux is available so a program fix is possible.
Technical Linux stuff:
The wireless card is a "Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-Card".
Chipset is BCM4311/BCM2050.
The firmware was extracted with bcm43xx-fwcutter using "wl_apsta-188.8.131.52.o". B43-fwcutter didn't work. I tried ndiswrapper and it worked, but I had the same problem. I tried several Linuxant drivers but they gave an error message when I tried to extract the firmware.
To connect to the network I use wicd. I also used wifi-radar, gtkwifi, and wlassiatant. They all had the same problem as wicd. I tried several others but they didn't work at all. Usually they didn't detect the networks.